“Ending up in the streets”: A qualitative study about the process of support of leaving trafficking and re-entering the community in Kosovo.
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
“Ending up in the streets” : A qualitative study about the process of support of leaving trafficking and re-entering the community in Kosovo. (English)
The aim of the study is to explore the trafficking situation in Kosovo, where the focus is on the shelter workers but also other professional’s experiences of working with trafficked women. The study is particularly focusing on the process of entering and leaving trafficking and how professionals support the women in the shelters. The study is carried out through an ethnographic approach, based on interviews inspired by semi-structured and open interviews with shelter workers coming from three different shelters in Kosovo, completed with shelter observations. That also includes aspects of psychologist and victims’ advocates working with trafficking in Kosovo. The findings presented four overlooking themes: Trafficking as created from the outside, Entering and leaving trafficking, In the shelter: The Household concept and lastly Re-integration: “re-trafficked”. The themes proclaimed a retrospective process of entering and leaving trafficking in Kosovo. In conclusion the process showed upon the difficulties the professionals experienced while supporting the women into the society that was related to the collectivistic way of living in Kosovo. Whereas the professionals support the women inspired by the individualistic concept, as they strive to support the women to be autonomous agents of their own lives. When the women leave the shelters and enter the community life, the professionals experience that the women are often stigmatized. This also showed upon the challenge the professional’s work of supporting women’s re-integration, as they experience that the women often end up in the streets.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 51 p.
trafficking, sexual exploitation, women, Kosovo, reintegration, ethnography.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-31817ISRN: JU-HHJ-SAA-1-20160061OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-31817DiVA: diva2:972426
Subject / course
HHJ, Social Work
2016-09-05, Högskolan för hälsa och välfärd JU, Jönköping, 09:00 (Swedish)